Providing Effective Feedback in the Workplace

Providing effective employee and client relations feedback can be a daunting task. How do you tell the truth about areas in your client-business relationship that need improvement without the other party getting hurt or defensive? What is the appropriate way to inform an employee that they are under-preforming and need to take their work more seriously? Review the chart below comparing effective and ineffective feedback strategies and apply the effective strategies to your small business relationships.   Effective Feedback Ineffective Feedback Describes objectively the behavior which led to the feedback: “You are interrupting me.” Uses evaluative, judgmental or generalized statements:… Read More

Business Health Tips

Meeting a client on the fifth floor? Skip the elevator and take the stairs instead. Small changes can really add up throughout your business trip and make a difference.The easiest and most effective way to stay healthy while traveling for business is to walk.There’s no better way to explore your surroundings than on foot. Fresh air and exercise will also refocus your mind and body, enabling you to work in tip top shape. The open space near your hotel bed provides the perfect space for exercise. Get out your yoga mat or put on a 10 minute high intensity cardio video…. Read More

The Small Business Advantage in New York City

For the entrepreneur, New York offers a stable environment, a large economy, and access to one of the world’s busiest regions. Small business owners and professionals in the state don’t expect that to change and are largely optimistic about what the future holds. The city’s growth has been fueled by the booming real estate market and construction industry, banking industry and growing technology sector. New York’s diversity is also a positive factor for small business growth. Immigrants have been setting up small businesses for well over a century. New York offers a community for everyone. Whether you are in the… Read More

Making the Best Impression for your Brand

Even if your business is a young start-up or ready for expansion in New York, there is no reason why operations like these can’t make a great professional promise to clients and a promise that rivals that of more established players in your industry. Keep these great tips in mind when you register your virtual office and push your business forward. Start networking. Identify and join social networks and local trade and business associations that will advance your business. Ensure you have an active business Facebook page, Twitter account, and LinkedIn profile as alternatives to your website so you can… Read More

Executive Office Rentals offer Superior Flexibility for Your Business

There is no question that executive office suites offer flexibility for a number of different businesses. The office space rental is designed to reduce the cost of office operations and ensure you present a professional image to your clients and customers. With an executive office suite, you can share overhead costs with others in the office space and resources, minimizing your out-of-pocket costs. Some of the specific benefits offered by executive office suites are highlighted here. Complete Packages When you rent an executive office suite, you will likely be given everything you need. In most cases, the office space includes the… Read More

Putting Together the Dream Team for Your New Business

“Teamwork” is one of those words that are thrown around constantly in the business world, along with all the other sports metaphors, like “keeping your eye on the ball,” “going for the win” and “knocking it out of the park.” But the fact is, unless you’re a business of one, whom you choose as your partners, colleagues and employees – i.e. your team – may be the single most important factor in whether you can… well… knock it out of the park. After all, you may have the most ingenious, marketable product, and you may be working out of the… Read More

How to Run a Successful Business Meeting

Meetings are the linchpin of any successful business. They give you and your colleagues an opportunity to plan, strategize, set priorities, solve problems and brainstorm. But a poorly run meeting can be a major time-waster, and it can even create new problems and challenges, instead of solving old ones. So if you’re the one running the meeting, you’re going to want to plan accordingly. Any meeting you conduct is a direct reflection of you. Ask yourself: What kind of image am I projecting: Calm, efficient and professional? Or scattered, unproductive and ineffective? Here are some tips to give your office… Read More

Tools and Resources Every New Business Should Have

Whether you’re a lawyer, an accountant or a tech entrepreneur, starting your own business can be an exciting, promising and sometimes frightening proposition. On the one hand, it’s the American dream to work for one’s self, call all the shots and chart one’s own success. On the other hand, there are always unknowns in the business world. But if you arm yourself with the proper tools and resources, you can infinitely increase your chances for creating a successful business that will grow and expand over time.  Law & Order Unless you’re a law firm, you’re going to need to retain… Read More

How to Decorate Your Executive Office

Your look and feel of your executive office says a lot about you. It immediately telegraphs to colleagues and clients essential information about your professionalism, taste level and work style. Office design and arrangement can even impact your productivity and ultimate success rate. So how do you decorate your executive office to maximize your output? In general, less is more. Décor in an executive office is generally sleek, efficient and charming. It should project a sense of both humming activity and quiet calm – and of both professionalism and personality. And it should impress rather than depress. Here are some… Read More